Alternate Route to Hyperion

Notes: Use this alternate route to visit Hyperion whenever Redwood Creek is impassable. If Redwood Creek is low enough to wade across near Tall Trees Grove, use the 10.5 mi (16.9 km shorter) normal route to Hyperion via Tall Trees Trail instead.

Drive: Hyperion is 323 mi (520 km) north of San Francisco near the community of Orick.

From Highway 101 near Orick School, turn onto Drydens Road, drive north 0.9 mi (1.4 km) to Orick Rodeo Grounds, and park in the unpaved parking lot.

Hike: GPS-assisted navigation is recommended for this hike. From the parking lot, follow a short trail northwest to the levee. Hike northeast 0.5 mi (0.8 km) along the levee to Orick Horse Trail. From the trailhead, hike south 1.6 mi (2.6 km) on Orick Horse Trail to Ridge Loop Trail (also known as Three Hour Loop Trail). Turn left onto Ridge Loop Trail and hike south 1.4 mi (2.3 km) to McArthur Creek Loop Trail (also known as Six Hour Loop Trail). Turn left again and hike south 1.7 mi (2.7 km) on the McArthur Creek Loop Trail to Elam Creek Loop Trail (also known as Overnight Loop Trail). Turn left onto Elam Creek Loop Trail and hike southeast 1.1 mi (1.8 km) toward Elam Horse Camp. Turn left/east onto an unnamed spur trail and hike east 0.1 mi (0.2 km) to Redwood Creek Trail. Turn right/south at the Redwood Creek Trail sign onto Redwood Creek Trail and hike south 4.6 mi (7.4 km), past Elam Creek, Bond Creek, and Forty Four Creek, to the junction with Forty Four Creek Loop Spur Trail. Veer left at the trail junction and hike south another 0.2 mi (0.3 km) to Redwood Creek. Using a GPS device, follow the western bank of Redwood Creek south 0.8 mi (1.3 km) to Tom McDonald Creek then hike 0.3 mi (0.5 km) up Tom McDonald Creek past three sets of big logs. 100 ft (30 m) past the last big logs, you will see a distinctive pair of tall trees on the hill to your right. Hyperion is the right tree of the pair. Exit the creek here, and following a pair of fallen logs, hike north/uphill 215 ft (66 m) to Hyperion. Welcome to the tallest tree on Earth!

Rating: Difficult One-Way Distance: 12.3 mi (19.8 km) Ascent: 2,080 ft (634 m)
Time: 7 h Off-Trail: 1.1 mi (1.8 km) Descent: 1,970 ft (600 m)
Hyperion Tree Alternate Hike Map

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